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Farnborough International Airshow launch reveals safety changes & lineup

The launch event has revealed the lineup for the event in July

Major safety changes have been announced at the launch of this year's Farnborough International Airshow.

The event in July will be the first major air show to take place in the UK since the disaster at the Shoreham Airshow last August, in which eleven people died.

The safety changes revealed for the Farnborough International Airshow 2016

More roads surrounding the airport will be closed before and during the week-long event. The areas where aerobatic displays can take place will be restricted and further away from spectators.

However, there are concerns tonight - that the changes may go too far. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, takes a look ahead to the show in Farnborough, and the impact the changes will have on one of the nation's most popular activities.

The interviewees are Shaun Ormrod from the Farnborough Airshow; Gerald Howarth the MP for Aldershot, Conservative; Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell, who will both be presenting at the show.

Farnborough flyers wanted to volunteer at airshow

Volunteers are needed to help during this year's Farnborough Airshow.

Held every two years during a weekend in July, up to a hundred thousand people visit the event.

The volunteers, dubbed the 'Farnborough Flyers' would be on hand to help spectators are the show.

The Red Arrows performing at the Farnborough Airshow 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

"We're really excited about The Farnborough Flyers. It's something we've wanted to do as organisers for years so it will be great to see it take shape.

"The programme will undoubtedly prove to be hugely rewarding for those who take part, not to mention a valuable addition to any CV - any events student should jump at the opportunity to be a part of such an iconic British event."

– Sarah Gladstone, Head of Public Airshow

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Schoolboy punched in the head

Police are investigating after a schoolboy was attacked in Farnborough.

It happened some time between 4-4.30pm on the 8th January, when the 16-year-old boy was walking along Ship Lane.

The victim was approached by an unknown man who allegedly punched him in the back of the head, then grabbed him by the throat and punched him in the face. He suffered bruising from the assault.

It is believed that the suspect thought the schoolboy had bumped into a pram he was pushing.

The suspect is described as:

  • White man
  • Mid 20s
  • About 5’9” – 5’10” tall
  • Slim build
  • Short brown hair (grade one – two all over
  • Dark eyes
  • Blackened teeth
  • He was wearing thin-rimmed glassed, a grey hoodie, blue tracksuit bottoms and trainers.
  • He was pushing a pram and was with a woman and young boy

Pilot says solo adventure is a long awaited dream

Tracey Curtis-Taylor has set off on her 13,000 mile solo flight to Australia from Farnborough, following in the footseps of pioneering aviator Amy Johnson. She said the flight is the culmination of a 30 year old dream and "fulfilling a destiny which was always meant to be."

Pilot embarks on 13,000 mile solo flight in vintage biplane

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An adventurous British pilot has embarked on a 13,000-mile solo flight from Britain to Australia in a vintage open cockpit biplane. Tracey Curtis-Taylor set off in her 1942 Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough in Hampshire. She will fly across 23 countries, making 50 refuelling stops over the next 14 weeks, before finally arriving in Sydney on January 6 2016.

Ms Curtis-Taylor will follow in the slipstream of Amy Johnson, the pioneering British aviator who became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930.

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More than 150 friends and supporters, including Prince Michael of Kent, The Avengers actress Dame Diana Rigg and Amy Johnson's niece Judy Chilvers, waved her off.

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Her route will take her across Europe and the Mediterranean to Jordan, over the Arabian desert, across the Gulf of Oman to Pakistan, India and across Asia. She hopes to recreate the essence of Johnson's era of flying, with an open cockpit, stick and rudder flying with basic period instruments and a short range between landing points.

She is not unfamiliar with this form of flying. In 2013, she flew 8,000-miles solo from Cape Town to Goodwood, West Sussex, to recreate the 1928 flight of Lady Mary Heath. A small support crew will travel in a light modern aircraft to record her journey to Australia, and day to day news will be posted on an interactive website.

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TRAVEL: M3 closed northbound between J5 (Hook) and J4a (Farnborough)

There are long delays northbound on the M3 following an earlier crash.

The motorway is closed between junctions 5 (Hook) and 4a (Farnborough) which may last in to the evening affecting those heading to the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham.

The diversion is as follows: leave the M3 at junction 5. Take the second exit on roundabout onto B3349 to A30 roundabout. Take the third exit onto the A30 (London Road) continue for approximately 6 miles to A30/A327 roundabout. Take the third exit onto the A327 for approximately 2 miles to re-join the M3 at J4A

Environmentally friendly Farnborough Airport

Farnborough is hoping to become the most environmentally friendly airport in the country.

The private airport often used for the executive jets of the rich and famous - is 40 miles from London and just off the M3 on the Surrey/Berkshire border.

It's brought in incentives to encourage staff to give up their cars and has banned the most noisy jets. But from people living nearby - the reaction is mixed.

Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, has been finding out.

Farnborough - the most environmentally friendly airport in the country?

Farnborough Airport Credit: ITV news

Farnborough is hoping to become the most environmentally friendly airport in the country.

It's banned the most noisy jets and is now giving all staff training sessions on the environment and tokens worth 50p a day if they give up their cars and use their bike or public transport.

Hundreds of solar panels and eco friendly runway lights have also been installed, along with a new fleet of electric cars.

There were 23,000 flights in and out of Farnborough last year. It is also home to the famous airshow.

Police investigate criminal damage of Abbey

Police are investigating following several criminal damage incidents occurred at St Michaels Abbey in Farnborough Road, Farnborough.

During the evenings from May 6 to May 8 a group of youths have accessed the estate and caused damage by throwing bricks at the historic lead-stained glass windows and hand carved oak doors.

PC Dave Carpenter from Farnborough Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The incidents are impacting on the monks’ quality of life as they have not been able to sleep due to how distressing the incidents have been.

“The youths have also chased sheep around the fields causing some of the pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.

“I would ask that anyone with any information about these incidents please contact me on 101.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Dave Carpenter from Farnborough Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 quoting 44150155970, or via the website http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/do-it-online/online-forms/message-for-officer.html

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